slipstream

little snippets of things: twitters, photos, quotes, links and random thoughts

I’m moving this site away from Tumblr, and from now on, I will post to Slipstream here. Tumblr has been fun, but it’s time for me to host my own stuff. I’ve included a bit more information on the new site.

Bye, and hope to see you over there!

Posted at 7:06pm and tagged with: bye, blogging,.

Male Affection: A Photographic History Tour | The Art of Manliness

This is a really fascinating photo history of male affection expressed in posed studio portraits as well as snapshots. There are a lot of really wonderful photos here, but I picked this one out mainly because the chap on the left is a dead ringer for the actor Eddie Redmayne!

[Via @peteashton on Twitter]

Posted at 7:47pm and tagged with: photography, history,.

Male Affection: A Photographic History Tour | The Art of Manliness

This is a really fascinating photo history of male affection expressed in posed studio portraits as well as snapshots. There are a lot of really wonderful photos here, but I picked this one out mainly because the chap on the left is a dead ringer for the actor Eddie Redmayne!

[Via @peteashton on Twitter]

For those of you in the UK who enjoyed the Industrial Revolution section of the Olympics Opening Ceremony, you might enjoy this. A very interesting wander through the period, including the lesser known bits like the Free Miners of the Forest of Dean.

By the way, I am still in awe of the wooden machine that hammers linen cloth.

Posted at 4:44pm.

Who Gets To Be a Geek? Anyone Who Wants to Be – Whatever

Very well put. The whole article is a great response to those who think they are entitled to say what being a real geek means.

Posted at 7:54pm.

Many people believe geekdom is defined by a love of a thing, but I think — and my experience of geekdom bears on this thinking — that the true sign of a geek is a delight in sharing a thing. It’s the major difference between a geek and a hipster, you know: When a hipster sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “Oh, crap, now the wrong people like the thing I love.” When a geek sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “ZOMG YOU LOVE WHAT I LOVE COME WITH ME AND LET US LOVE IT TOGETHER.”

This is a 57 second gem of comedy timing. Absolutely perfect.

Posted at 11:45am and tagged with: animation,.

A fascinating photo project in which the photographer (Angélica Dass, I think) takes portraits of people, samples the colour of their skin and then adds that Pantone colour as a backdrop. Each portrait is taken in the same way: a straight on head and shoulders shot, with no clothing in the frame, and each is labelled only with the Pantone colour.

I love the fact that the sitters seem to be ordinary people rather than professional models, and the fact that the coloured backdrops make it clear once and for all that no-one is “white” or “black”.

[via subtraction

Posted at 6:21pm and tagged with: photography, humanity, art,.

It’s funny how your appreciation of a piece of art changes once you know more about the artist’s inspiration for that piece. I watched a wonderful BBC Four documentary about Delius last night. I knew very little about Delius before the programme, and although I had heard a few of his pieces and liked them, I wasn’t familiar with a lot of his repertoire. The documentary made me think that I should certainly seek out more of his work: he was a fascinating character (if not always a likeable person), and his music was rather avant-garde for the time.

At the end of the programme, I remembered that Kate Bush had a piece about Delius on her album ‘Never For Ever’. Listening to it now, with more knowledge, two things struck me: first, Kate did a magnificent job of capturing the sensuous feel of ‘To Be Sung of a Summer Night on the Water’ and ‘Song of Summer’ without making it a pastiche, and second, that Delius himself might have approved and rather liked it. I think that they probably have a certain kind of musical sensibility in common, despite their differences.

Thinking about it, ‘Night Scented Stock’ (one of my favourite tiny gems) could also be inspired by the work of Delius.

Posted at 4:48pm and tagged with: music, kate_bush, inspiration,.

If you like intelligent discussion of the interpretation of statistics, and some criticism of the reporting of statistics in the popular press, you’ll love Stats Chat.

Posted at 7:12am and tagged with: maths, statistics, science,.

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